Monday, June 24, 2013

Warren Wilson College Forest Database Project

Forestry Crew member Will Stroud spent the spring semester completing an invaluable database project for the College Forest. Will read through the entirety of the paper and digital records of management activities on the College Forest and summarized the information in an Excel spreadsheet.

This information was then imported into a geospacially referenced attribute table in ArcGIS.

This attribute table can now be queried to determine which stands on the College Forest received certain types of management activities over the years, or the total management activities that have occurred in individual stands over the years. This information can then be used to create a map such as the following:

Thanks to the good work of Will Stroud, the management of the Warren Wilson College Forest will be much better informed by the past.